For the second straight night, the Blue Jays' top farm team blew out the Padres, this time holding them to just five hits. Cameron Maybin got one hit in four at-bats as the designated hitter as he continues his rehab assignment and Aaron Cunningham picked up a pair of singles in his second game since returning to Triple-A. John Conniff has the full story .
San Antonio tops Frisco 9-8< br> A night after they couldn't hold a late lead, the Missions put up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to secure a series victory over the RoughRiders.
Shortstop Beamer Weems clubbed a two-run homer as part of his three-hit night to snap out of a three-for 27 stretch over the last week. The blast, his seventh of the year, means he now has more homers in 55 games this year than he totaled in his first three seasons and 169 games in the system.
Dean Anna, who was promoted to the team on Friday, added a homer of his own to tie the score in the ninth. After posting an 866 OPS in Elsinore, the 24-year-old product of Ball State collected a pair of hits in his first taste of Double-A. A late-round pick in 2008, the left-handed hitter has been getting on base at his best rate as a professional this season, nudging his season total above .400.
Anthony Bass was a late scratch for the Missions, forcing manager Doug Dascenzo to scramble to make it through the contest. Juan Oramas, who would normally have been scheduled for a bullpen session, threw one inning, surrendering a run on two hits before a parade of five relievers followed him to the mound. Reliever Jason Ray, who was promoted from Elsinore earlier in the day, worked two innings, giving up one unearned run while striking out four. Presumably, Bass will be shuttling back to Tucson, which will be providing at least one arm to the big league club in the next 72 hours.
Elsinore defeats High Desert 18-11
Lake Elsinore jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the first three and a half innings before the Mavericks made a late charge against the bullpen, but they held on for the victory.
Storm hitters took advantage of a 20 mile per hour wind blowing out to center in collecting 10 extra-base hits, including five homers. Jeudy Valdez and Jedd Gyorko topped the club with four hits each as eight batters collected multiple hits. For Valdez, the performance marked a season high, but his success at the plate was somewhat offset by a pair of errors in the field which led to two unearned runs.
Lefty Pedro Hernandez improved to 4-0 on the year by giving up only two earned runs on three hits over six innings. The short Venezuelan matched his season high with five strikeouts and extended his streak of innings without surrendering a walk to 20.
Jason Hagerty continues to enjoy the desert, blasting a pair of homers as part of a three-hit night. The University of Miami product appears to reprising a trend he showed last year, nudging his performance up every month of the season. The former fifth-round pick now sports an OPS above 1100 in eight June contests.
Big righty Chris Wilkes joined the Storm roster earlier in the day when Ray was promoted. The 21-year-old product of the 2008 draft gave up one run on three hits and a walk in an inning of work. He'll likely move back down to either Fort Wayne or Eugene in the coming weeks.
Fort Wayne defeats Wisconsin 8-2
Independent league alum Andrew Werner continued to deliver quality innings for the TinCaps, giving up just one earned run on five hits over seven innings. The lefty pitcher had a season-high eight strikeouts while walking two and uncorking one wild pitch. As he has all year, Werner kept the ball on the ground most of the night, recording seven groundouts. For the season, his groundball rate is 62 percent.
Tyler Stubblefield continued his hot hitting since joining the club, collecting his second consecutive three-hit game. The 23-year-old infielder – who appeared at third base tonight – has a hit in each of his six games, including five doubles for a .462/.500/.654 line in the early going.
Rymer Liriano extended his hitting streak to 14 with a homer and single. His solo blast in the sixth inning chased Timber Rattlers starter Dan Britt and continued Liriano's success against right-handed pitching. The righty has a reverse split on the year, reaching base and slugging better against hurlers from the same side.